A Nashville to Asheville Wedding / by Michael Oppenheim

Erin Tolliver and Corey Cain live in Nashville, Tennessee but chose our very own Asheville, North Carolina as their wedding destination.  They were looking for an outdoor, woodsy venue for their wedding ceremony but they did not want to venture too far from the fun and eclectic nightlife of downtown Asheville.  So they chose Homewood in the historic neighborhood of Montford for their ceremony and were married down at the secluded little hideaway in the forest that Homewood calls the Glen on November 1, 2009.  Julie Corey from Homewood was very instrumental in helping them realize their vision for the perfect setting.

As a brief aside, Homewood is one of Montford's more unusual buildings.  Its castle-like appearance is complete with a stone tower and arches and is reminiscent of English Norman architecture.  To the best of my knowledge it boasts Asheville's only flying buttress; you'll find it on the south side of the building.  And if you don't know what a flying buttress is you will  have to read about and see images in my forthcoming book on Asheville architecture called Look Up Asheville to be published in 2010 by Grateful Steps Publishing.  You can also read about the history of the building on Homewood's website.

The ceremony details were simple, natural, and elegant.  Beth Hohensee from Studio Flora Diva created beautiful wedding bouquets, boutonnieres, and other arrangements that brought to life exactly what Erin had envisioned for her wedding day.  Rachael Schendel designed their invitations and programs and is an art director at redpepper, the advertising agency where both she and Erin work in Nashville. You can find more of her invites and designs on Etsy at Raspberry Creations - http://www.etsy.com/shop/rasideas.  The beautiful ceremony music was provided by violinist Ruben Orengo and guitarist Robert Anders.  And the minister was Tim Lolley of Blue Mountain Weddings.

Homewood, Asheville, NC

Floral arrangement by Studio Flora Diva

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The Glen at Homewood

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I love the way is looking at her dad

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Tim Lolley, wedding officiant

Now that's a kiss!

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You can find wedding programs like this at http://www.etsy.com/shop/rasideas

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Wedding bouquet by Studio Flora Diva

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Newly married at Homewood

Following the ceremony and post-ceremony portraits they headed downtown and ducked into the New French Bar for a beer. When I first met Erin and Corey my studio was right next to the Green Man Ale tasting room.  This is where Jack of the Wood brews all of their signature beers. With pints in hand we discussed the vision they had for their wedding.  We forged a great rapport with one another and I'm thrilled that they chose me as their wedding photographer!

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From the New French Bar we walked over to Fiore's.  After speaking with owner Anthony Cerrato during one of their previous trips to Asheville and tasting the food, they knew it was the perfect place for their intimate wedding reception.  Being included in the meal I can attest that the food was stellar!  The cake was made by Sarah Resnick, pastry chef at City Bakery, and she made all Corey's chocolate dreams come true!  Fiore's provided the should-be-famous Tiramisu.  And as a finishing touch Erin and Corey provided a little box of chocolate from French Broad Chocolate Lounge for each of their guests!

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Darth Vader makes a surprise appearance

I love meeting with couples early in their wedding planning stage and then seeing all the fruits of their efforts come to life on their wedding day.  They pulled off a great wedding that really reflected their personalities.  It was awesome being a part of it!  Congratulations Erin and Corey! And it was nice to get this message from Erin:

"Michael, you were awesome! Thank you so much for making our day so special. We would recommend you to anyone."